Thompson Rivers University

Diploma in Management Studies

Program Description

The Diploma in Management Studies program provides you with a broad background in management studies and the option of specializing in a number of business disciplines. Many students complete the Certificate in Management Studies and then complete an 30 additional credits to earn the Diploma in Management Studies.

Diploma in Management students who are considering the Bachelor of Commerce are encouraged to review that program's requirements before electing diploma elective courses, so that students can minimize the number of additional credits required to complete the Bachelor of Commerce.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

This diploma can ladder into the Bachelor of Commerce program.

Laura Moskaluk graduated with a Diploma in Management Studies and changed from her job as a cashier at Save-On-Foods to her current career as an insurance representative.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

A foundation in quantitative courses such as Math 11 (Principles), MATH 0523 or equivalent

Students who plan to complete a credential through TRU-OL must complete and submit a Program Admission form.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 9 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Diploma Requirements

60 credits total, with a GPA of 2.00 or higher over all courses required to complete this credential, as follows:

Core Knowledge Requirements (30 credits)

ACCT 1211, Accounting I (3) or ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting (3)
(students who choose ACCT 1211 and who plan to specialize in accounting must also take ACCT 1221)
ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (3) or MNGT 4711, Decision Analysis (3)
(students specializing in accounting must select ACCT 2251)
MATH 1091, Business Mathematics (3) or MATH 1101, Finite Mathematics (3)
STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
MNGT 1211, Management Principles and Practices (3)
CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
CMNS 1811, Business, Professional and Academic Composition (3)
ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
MKTG 2431, Marketing (3)
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)

Other similar courses may be considered.

Elective Requirements (up to 30 credits)

Courses in managerial studies (ACCT, BBUS, ECON, MATH, MIST, MNGT, STAT), with 15 credits at the 2000-level or higher in the electives; up to 15 credits may be in approved arts and sciences electives or in technical or specialized skills courses appropriate to the student's work, subject to approval

Areas of Specialization (Optional)

Three optional areas of specialization are available, as follows:


FNCE 2121, Financial Management (3)
BLAW 2911, Commercial Law (3)
ACCT 3201, Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (3)
ACCT 3211, Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (3)
ACCT 3221, Income Taxation 1 (3)

Human Resources

HRMN 2821, Human Resource Management (3)
HRMN 3841, Employee and Labour Relations (3) (in development)
BBUS 3661, Strategic Human Resource Management

Two courses from the following:

MNGT 2131, Motivation and Productivity (3)
ORGB 2811, Organizational Behaviour (3)
BLAW 2911, Commercial Law (3)


MKTG 3451, Professional Selling (3)
MKTG 3471, Consumer Behaviour (3)
MKTG 3481, Marketing Research (3)
IBUS 3511, International Business (3)
An approved 4000-level MKTG course

Student Responsibility
Students are responsible for consulting with their Program Advisor to ensure that the courses they select are available and appropriate for their program of study and educational goals. Students who proceed without approval from their Program Advisor may find that a course does not meet program requirements. Without such approval, students risk not being able to apply a course toward a credential. If the course can be used toward the credential, students will be required to pay the transcript assessment fee.


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